COVID-19: What You Should Know

American Pilgrims is echoing official advice from numerous sources that you do not travel internationally until you are fully vaccinated and have received the appropriate booster shots. We will continue to pass along news from the official and authoritative sources listed below.

Regarding entry requirements to Spain and the latest EU guidance:

Effective October 21, 2022, Spain has lifted all its remaining COVID-19 restrictions. Both EU and non-EU citizens no longer have to show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative Covid test. As of September 20, 2022, tourists are also no longer required to complete a health control form prior to travel as the Spain Travel Health (SpTH) portal, (website and mobile apps), is no longer operational. Follow this link for more information.

We also share this website in English produced by the Ministry of Tourism that lays out who can enter Spain and the requirements for entry: and this link to the Latest News on countries and risk areas.

You can also visit the Your Europe website for information on the EU Digital Covid Certificate.

As a reminder for vaccinations:

  • Vaccination certificate must have been issued at least 14 days before date of travel and if more than 270 days has passed since getting the second shot, a booster (third shot) is required for all adults.
  • Vaccines accepted in Spain include Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, Jansen / Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac and Sinopharm

For anyone wondering . . . as much as the Camino community often differentiates between pilgrimage and tourism, in the eyes of the Spanish government, walking or biking the Camino is considered tourism and does not fall under exceptional situations.

Children under the age of 12 do not have to present any kind of certificate. Children ages 12-17 are subject to the same arrival health check as adults.

As of April 20, 2022, masks are no longer required outdoors or indoors, with some exceptions. Masks are still required if you are traveling by plane, train or bus, as well as on all public passenger transport, as well as in health centers, hospitals or pharmacies/drugstores,

A few caveats:

1) The Ministry of Tourism is not the agency determining the entry requirements. That responsibility falls to the Ministry of Health. As the Ministry of Health provides more clarity, the information by the Ministry of Tourism may change accordingly.

2) This information was posted on the website TravelSafe.Spain.Info where there is a disclaimer saying “This information is non-binding and has no regulatory effect.”

To see vaccination rates and other COVID statistics in various countries, see the website Our World in Data.

While we aim to provide official sources of information directly from the Spanish government, it is ultimately your responsibility to understand the rules of your destination and comply with them. We recommend that closer to your departure date, you check official sources in case anything has changed. This applies not just to Spain in general but to the regions within Spain you will be traveling through.

Some final thoughts…

Travelers entering Spain must be flexible and understand things can change quickly. There will likely be confusion as the situation continues to evolve. Give yourself extra time at each point of departure and entry. And be kind and patient with those you encounter (airline workers, border officials, etc) as we all learn to navigate the measures, rules, and protocols. Think about the flexibility and the adaptability that we usually embrace on the Camino and know that you will need it more than ever if you are planning to travel as Spain and Europe reopen (and in some cases) impose new travel restrictions.

As of June 12, 2022, the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs announced that all airline passengers aged two years and older entering the United States (including US citizens), regardless of vaccination status, no longer need to provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one day of your flight’s departure to the United States, or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. US embassy websites and the website of the CDC have information about the requirement.

The Association of Municipalities of the Camino de Santiago has up-to-date information on restrictions, including cross-border travel closures. (Spanish with some English).

US Embassy Links

The US Embassy in Spain
The US Embassy in Portugal
The US Embassy in France

American Pilgrims local chapters are following applicable state and local public health recommendations and requirements concerning chapter events.

This is a site (Spanish) that seems to be timely and comprehensive: Travel Safe Spain. The section “What is the current situation in each area of Spain?” about two-thirds of the way down the page offers province-by-province information.

Follow this link to the U.S. State Department’s COVID-19 Country Specific Information page.

Some official and reliable sources
• National Institute of Health
• Centers for Disease Control
• The World Health Organization (WHO)
• The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Spain-specific information sources
• The Spanish Health System is posting timely announcements in their Twitter feed:
• The Spanish Ministry of Health (Spanish):
• Status of COVID-19 in Spain, including regional details (Spanish):
• El Camino con Correos has posted helpful information on their blog:
• “El País in English for current news.

Join our American Pilgrims Facebook group and learn what people are experiencing first-hand.

Our local chapter coordinators continue to consult state and local public health authorities for current guidance and recommended COVID-19 precautions in their area. Coordinators may, at their discretion, require stricter requirements for indoor events or refrain from holding indoor events due to high community levels. This is intended to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Remember, this information can change quickly. Stay informed and make informed decisions. Don’t forward unreliably sourced information.


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    • Gene McCullough on January 13, 2021 at 10:00 pm

      Yes, we are obviously well aware of the massive decline in compostelas issues. There were a total of 12 issued across April, May and June. We are assembling updates for all of the data to be found on our statistics page:

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    • Gene McCullough on February 11, 2021 at 5:34 am

      Hello and thank you for the suggestion. However we will, I think, keep this page as focused on the COVID situation, primarily in Spain, and practical issues that might affect would-be pilgrims.